RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Starting Friday, a popular Raleigh whiskey bar will convert to a pop-up community market in order to stay open and serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dram & Draught, located at 1 Glenwood Ave., is best known as a whiskey and cocktail bar that serves more than 300 whiskeys from around the world and has locations in Raleigh and Greensboro. Beginning at 2 p.m. they will become known as the neighborhood’s new grocery store.
According to a press release, once Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the closure of restaurant dining rooms and bars, the founders knew they had to think of some way to make sure their employees still had jobs and that they could continue to operate in the community.
With that in mind, they came up with the idea for a full-service market.
The bar will now temporarily become Dram Grog & Grocery and will be selling wine, growlers and cases of beer, toilet paper and other disposables, ground meat, canned goods, household items, and produce.
The items will be sourced from both local and national distributors, the release said.
In order to operate in a safe manner during the pandemic, shopping will be limited to four customers at a time and both masks and sanitizer will be provided at the door.
The release states that Dram Grog & Grocery will be “using a minimal-markup strategy in the pricing of all retail items, enough to pay the team and keep the lights on.”
Seniors age 65 and older will also be eligible for free delivery within five miles.
The store will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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